Here's a hint: the red circles indicate Pintail; the green are a different species. There are a few more ducks in this photo that I can't quite make out, too--could be a third species or maybe females of the first two.
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Finally made it to the local butterfly house.
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<br />Skua, I think I see a "hey, Duck!" in there.
Thanks, Donald. Shooting in a butterfly house was more difficult than I thought as the ambient light was pretty poor (we were shooting at 7 am which was before the sunrise), so the flash created a lot of black backgrounds and plenty of hot spots.
Speaking of spring, Sunday was in the 50's here, but that place is a 1/4 mile ride from here and before sunrise the road was coated with frozen fog. A bit of a slippery ride. Most folks went skidding right by the entrance.
At 7 the butterflies were a bit active. But by the time 9 rolled around you couldn't walk without them bumping into you. They were everywhere. Lots of fun.
I don't know it's name yet. Most likely not North American. It wasn't on their ID chart, so I have an email in to them for identification. I'll let you know.
I've never lost a camera, but once during a wedding I took the camera off the tripod during the shoot in the park - and left the tripod there. Would you believe it was still there, standing in the middle of the path, when I returned after the reception 6 hours later at midnight (I didn't realize it was missing until I was packing up after the reception).
Here is what 180,000 snowgeese looks like. not sure how the heck they calculate that number,but the sky was hidden for a few moments.it almost looks unreal to me, but the wave eventually had the foreground taking off. i know eagles make them fly,but its a guess usually
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I once saw something similar in 1971 in East Africa - only the colour was pink and the birds flamingos. The scarer then was my father running at them yelling so that I could get the shot of them taking off.
Don't know what happened to it, but it would have been taken on Ektachrome so I guess the colour would be faded beyond recognition by now anyway.
I bet yours were stored better than mine, Larry - my Dad took charge of the slides of our travels and I inherited them when he died in 1982. They'd been stored in boxes in the garage and had suffered a lot of mold and dampness damage. I started to go through them once but his writing was all but illegible by then and I couldn't work out what was what, so I gave up. I'm assuming the flamingo shots were in amongst that lot, organized as part of one of his slide shows.
Most of my stuff was in B&W which I've kept, but it seemed pretty pointless photographing the flamingos in B&W at the time. I know I only took a couple of rolls of Ektachrome during that 3 month trip (35mm, Minolta SRT101).
Thanks. yes they are yearly visitors and the game warden says mild winters have seen the group grow very quickly. now they are hunting them to thin the lot,in the hopes of saving their habitat. i hear they eat roots and all,so are very unwelcome by farmers.
The sound and the wave are very impressive,but there are so many as to make it hard to see anything in a small print except black and white. they crap a lot while flying in mass,and luckily i have not been hit. i think they are here for two more weeks.
Skua, i need your expertise again. any ideas what kind?
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Nick,i will use that if skua does not weigh in.
<br />GH,it is amazing,and more so, is the fact i did not get hit. here is another if you are interested.
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Wow!! I know when I had that flock of sparrows flying around my yard, I was definitely grateful for my pool cage as I could hear little bbs hitting the screen! Amazingly when I went out and braved being near the birds (shades of Alfred Hitchcok's
The Birds dancing in my head), I managed to avoid the bbs. ;)
That's easy. It's an Egyptian Goose having a bad hair day.
Check out http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/egyptian-goose.htm. That's the first page that came up when I googled.
Grass Hopper, did you mean Swallows rather than Sparrows? Are you referring to that swarm of Tree Swallows you photographed? Coincidentally I was in South Florida earlier this month and saw the same thing: hundreds of Tree Swallows swarming around a tree. I would have been stunned had you not shared that phenomenon with us.
My wife and I were visiting her mother in Sun City Center outside Tampa, but most of the week was spent on Marco Island, where my wife attended a conference and I went birding (rough, but somebody has to do it). I keep meaning to post a few photos, but they're at home and I'm at work. And home is just a dial up connection, so...
Well,here is another mystery bird. i know the left is a mandarin,but what about the right?
<br />I realize i could search myself,but i have no idea were to even start with these guys.
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After finishing up a busy week I was sitting here clicking on different links in my Bookmarks. I ended up at this thread. My husband came in as I was viewing some of Donald's images and was totally awestruck. He was enjoying Donald's images so much that I got a longer back rub than usual as he looked at them over my shoulder. He says you're a brilliant photographer Donald.